Universities Still Free To Furl Their Flags

JACKSON (Ben Caxton) — If your favorite university is flounting its freedom to furl its flags your fears of fines are unfounded. Ahem. The Mississippi House has rejected an effort to punish universities for not flying the state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem. An amendment had been floated by William Shirley of Quitman, who is white, on Tuesday, that would have denied bond money to any university that refuses to fly the state flag. In recent years all eight of Mississippi’s public universities have furled their Mississippi State flags to avoid appearing insensitive. The House rejected the amendment, by a vote of 65 to 52. The current Mississippi flag has been in continual use since 1894.


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